The Weekender likes to think of itself as a cosmopolitan kind of weekly culture round-up, attending all sorts of trendy parties and hobnobbing with young, attractive folks. It reckons it’s the life and soul of the party, the teller of the best jokes and the mixer of the best cocktails around (it calls itself a mixologist). But the truth is The Weekender is the loudmouth in the corner that nobody actually invited, recounting garbled, bitter anecdotes about how handsome it used to be with its mouth full of Special Brew and its beard full of crumbs. But whatever, who cares. The Weekender’s throwing its own party right here, right now and you’re all ruddy invited. So come on in and have some fun – the Special Brew’s on us!
Best of the Site
This week we fell completely and utterly in love with a charming old man living in a cave he dug with his own bare hands, got up close and personal with some of England’s very best handmade bike builders courtesy of Made In England, and felt pretty darned charitable due to these colourful stickers designed to package Majorcan delicacies. Diverse!
Best of Best of the Web
Flavorwire spoiled us with these fascinating shots of ex Playboy bunnies growing old in style (sort of), The Guardian blew our minds by reminding us that the London Underground was built in an era in which Charles Dickens was still alive and well, and Eye magazine gave us a behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Typo London.
Best of the Rest
This week Creative Review introduced us to one of the strangest sets of fetish photos we’ve ever had the good fortune to come across, the New Yorker explained the political background to one of our favourite orphan-themed musicals and The Paris Review explored the bizarre and mystifying poetry behind Neil Young’s lyrical back catalogue.
Tweet of the Week
“It’s one of those days when The Lighthouse Family say it best.”
INT Editor @RobAlderson tells it like it is
Presidential Debate of the Week
We’ve seen Obama and Romney tussling in front of live audiences plenty over the past week but sadly the debate has never been quite as sharp and illuminating as it is here. “In horrible weather I sneeze and I just lose the puppets” quips Barack. Satire!
Precocious Child of the Week
When I was a child I spent most of my time in the garden – climbing trees, digging holes, weeing behind bushes, the usual sort of thing. Sometimes I’d be forced to go inside and engage in educational pursuits like reading, writing and learning to chew food properly, but I’d thrash around until I was allowed to go back outside, or build a fort from food packaging instead. At no point did it cross my mind to spend hours at a piano writing an opera. But then I wasn’t an alarmingly high-functioning child prodigy with a voice borrowed from a pre-war monarch…
Accidental Internet Sensation of the Week
We talked about this on the podcast earlier today but it’s so good we had to feature it twice. It’s a guy hacking up bottles with swords, set to an EPIC soundtrack. He may or may not still live with his parents. Either way we think he’s a legend.
Honestly WTF Moment of the Week
Courtney Love is a pretty well balanced woman right? She’s always had her head screwed firmly on. No flies on her. But would you think less of this fine, upstanding woman if you knew she was currently planning a musical about late husband Kurt Cobain’s life? Nope, still just plain old normal. Glad we’re all agreed.
“Thank heavens for the internet” Moment of the Week
We owe a lot to old Tim Berners Lee. Thanks to him we’ve got 24-hour news, LOLcats and pornography coming out of our ears (I’m watching some right now). But now the internet is easing up on the relentless slew of cats, journalists and adult entertainers all vying for our attention to show off a softer side. emergencycompliment.com is a site that offers you that vital confidence boost when you need it most, allowing you to drop by whenever you’re feeling a little low to be reminded that “All your friends worry they aren’t as funny as you” and “You could be an astronaut of you wanted. NASA told me so.” Bless.
Now get your coat and get out of here. This party’s over.
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
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- Designer Chloe Pannatier looks at fakes and risk in art and money
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain